Video: Senator Portman Calls Obama Out: We Need to Find Out if POTUS Issued a Directive or Not

On Friday, after being asked by Denver News9 TV anchor, Kyle Clark if the operatives on the ground in Benghazi were denied the help they requested, Obama answered:

“I gave three very clear directives. Number one, make sure that we are securing our personnel and doing whatever we need to. Number two, we’re going to investigate exactly what happened to make sure it doesn’t happen again. Number three, find out who did this so we can bring them to justice.”

News9 didn’t consider any of Obama’s answers to the questions to be satisfactory:

KUSA – President Barack Obama would not directly address questions from 9NEWS on whether Americans under attack in Libya were denied requests for assistance during the September 11th terror attack.

Personally, I figured Obama was just giving one of his signature BS filled filibuster answers, running out the clock with a rehearsed non-answer that his aides thought would sound good.  I didn’t take the “make sure that we are securing our personnel and doing whatever we need to” seriously.

But many people did, including Bing West, the Assistant Secretary of Defense under Reagan, who told Greta Van Susteren, Friday night:

“If that actually happened the way President Obama said it happened, there’s a paper trail and I think people reasonably enough can say, “Can we see the order?” because hundreds of others supposedly saw this order.

Via Gateway Pundit, today Ohio Senator Rob Portman,  who sits on the Arms Service Committee, called Obama out on FOX News Sunday.

There was a shocking breakdown operationally not having the security there in the first place. And not to respond to these guys and their pleas for help for seven hours during a firefight. It’s unbelievable. And, now we’re hearing that the President of the United States, based on his own words, issued a directive immediately after he found out about the firefight saying he wanted to be sure the people on the ground were safe and they were getting what they needed. It didn’t happen. This means that either the president’s order was not followed which would be a breakdown in terms of the White House procedure or it means the order wasn’t issued. We need to find out about this. It’s not about politics.

What Portman just said is that there is a very good chance the President is lying through his teeth on this.

The scandal of the week, in the meantime, to the rest of the MSM is Republican Senatorial candidate, Richard Mourdock’s  stance on abortion. He’s a Catholic who opposes all abortion. Whoever heard of such a thing?

Senators Portman and McCain sent a letter to Sec. Panetta more than two weeks ago, and never heard back. They sent another letter, yesterday with the addition information that the President issued a directive to secure the personnel, asking why it wasn’t followed. They shouldn’t hold their breath waiting for a response to that one, either.

“It makes no sense.”

Welcome to the left’s idea of “smart power”, Senator.


Meanwhile Obama did some damage control on MSNBC:

Obama On Benghazi: “Ultimately … I Am Responsible”…

“What my attitude on this is is if we find out there was a big breakdown and somebody didn’t do their job, they’ll be held accountable,” he said in an interview with “Morning Joe” hosts Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski conducted in Nashua, N.H., according to a report on

“Ultimately as commander-in-chief I am responsible and I don’t shy away from that responsibility,” he added.

Weasel Zippers says what we’re all thinking: “Total bullsh*t.”


Hot Air: AP on Benghazi attack: 150 gunmen involved, arrived in Ansar al-Sharia trucks:

The highest estimate I’d seen before this of the number of attackers was 40. Read this piece and think about not only how many people were involved but how organized and deliberate they were, particularly in setting up roadblocks before making their move. Then think about Chris Stevens and the skeleton crew of unarmed Libyan guards that State left him with trying to repel something of this magnitude. This explains why a Spectre gunship might have been needed: There were a lot of jihadis swarming the consulate that night.

The Other McCain: Judge Jeanine Rips BHO Over Benghazi, And There Is A Larger Problem:

I had never seen or heard of Justice with Judge Jeanine, but this clip, apparently from last night, is succinct, on point, and brutal:

Watch the video at the link. Judge Jeanine was on a roll, last night. She’s become one of my favs over at Fox.

And read Smitty’s excellent commentary. Here’s a taste:

This notion of “never leaving a buddy” is pounded into every military head at every rank. Should you hold the privilege of commanding a unit, I perceive it counts double: you neither want to see a buddy left dangling in the breeze, and you really don’t want the anguish of explaining to the world why there was a death within you command.

Which brings us to our current Commander-in-Chief, #OccupyResoluteDesk. I don’t believe the principle of “never leaving a buddy” eluded George W. Bush, say whatever else you will of his policies. In contrast, you have the Obama White House needing to dispute a story that it sends form letters to families of the fallen. Wow.

The idea of a cowardly POTUS, whose ‘gutsy calls’ come only after excessive amounts of Hamlet-esque hand-wringing is staggering. If you don’t grasp the basic notion of “never-leave-a-buddy”, then you are not fit for the role of Commander-in-Chief at all.

Doug Ross: GOSH, WHICH COULD IT BE? “Either Fox is making stuff up, or the administration is lying through its teeth”

The CIA is denying. The Pentagon is denying. And now the White House is denying that anyone refused to send help to our embattled CIA and State Department personnel engaged in a seven hour running firefight with more than 150 jihadists.
“You notice that [Obama is] cancelling his trips over the hurricane,” Gingrich told host George Stephanopoulos. “He didn’t cancel his trips over Benghazi, and you have to wonder, between Benghazi, the price of gasoline and unemployment just how much the burden the president is going to carry into this last week.”
Charles Woods, father of Tyrone Woods, talked with FNC’s Megyn Kelly about his son, and his disappointment with the administration’s response to the deadly Benghazi attack that took his son and three other Americans. Listening to this father you just don’t know if your heart breaks, or if it bursts with pride. Both, I imagine…

The Benghazi debacle has three parts: how we neglected security while al-Qaeda was building a presence in Libya; whether the administration tried to mislead the public as to the nature of the attack; and now whether the administration denied pleas for help from operatives on the ground at the consulate.

Now, presumably at the behest of Gen. David Petraeus — who has been remarkably tight-lipped and not defended his agency against White House accusations that senior officials’ misstatements were the fault of the CIA — the CIA threw the hot potato right back in the politicians’ laps.

“We can say with confidence that the agency reacted quickly to aid our colleagues during that terrible evening in Benghazi,” CIA spokeswoman Jennifer Youngblood told Fox News. “Moreover, no one at any level in the CIA told anybody not to help those in need; claims to the contrary are simply inaccurate. In fact, it is important to remember how many lives were saved by courageous Americans who put their own safety at risk that night—and that some of those selfless Americans gave their lives in the effort to rescue their comrades.”

So how about it, Mr. President — who called off a rescue and why? President Obama, a little more than a week before the election, won’t tell Americans what happened. Well, why should he — the press doesn’t hound him, the liberal elite still rushes to his defense, and his White House attack dogs bark “Politics!” whenever legitimate questions are asked.

If you remember, legitimate questions about Fast and Furious were all about “politics” as well.

Gateway Pundit: Top AFRICOM Leader General Carter Ham Was Never Ordered to Save US Men in Benghazi (Video):

AFRICOM leader General Carter Ham was never given the order to secure the consulate in Benghazi. This is what the general told Rep. Jason Chaffetz after the 9-11 Benghazi terror attack.

That means only Barack Obama or Defense Secretary Panetta, the two men above the AFRICOM commander, never ordered an operation to secure the consulate. This was despite the many pleas for assistance coming from the consulate and annex.

Big Journalism: Media Blackout: Aside from FOX, Sunday News Hosts Fail to Raise Benghazi:

The mainstream media’s silence on the Benghazi disaster reached deafening levels on Sunday, as hosts of four out of the five major news shows–with the exception of Fox News Sunday–failed to raise the issue. Only Bob Schieffer of CBS gave it serious consideration, and only after it was raised by Sen. John McCain.

When the Benghazi issue did surface, other than on Fox, it was invariably brought up by Republican guests, and then deflected by the hosts, who largely ignored new stories this week that implicated the White House in the decision not to intervene to save the life of U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens and other American staff.

He’s still gonna lose, MSM. But you’ve lost every shred of credibility you ever had by running interference for this loser for five straight years.


Linked by Michelle Malkin, thanks!

13 thoughts on “Video: Senator Portman Calls Obama Out: We Need to Find Out if POTUS Issued a Directive or Not

  1. Deb, I am so thrilled you and Jim Hoft are pursuing this as hard as you are. Benghazigate is of national importance to both conservatives and liberals. It goes to the very heart of our Government and need to be addressed out in Public. The MSM or LSM is in the bag for Obama and haven’t mentioned it. No wonder we never watch them. Keep up the great work. A retired Colonel.


  2. I am beyond shocked and pissed off with the lack of MSM investigative reporting on Benghazi. An American Ambassador is the equivalent of a 4-star general and the ex-SEALS who went to his aid did so because that’s what Americans do. This stinks to high heaven and goes well beyond impeachment. This is treason to the highest level and we need answers for the shake of our national security. I’m not a conspiracy theorists but when a cover up goes this bad I can’t help but wonder what they’re hiding. Who is to say Obama didnt plan a kidnapping of the ambassador in agreement with and working directly with the Muslim brotherhood in order to negotiate his safe release right before the election as his October surprise? After all, the Muslim brotherhood has no greater friend in the white house than Obama and theyd certainly do what they could to aid in his reelection. What the plan was not counting on was the SEALS at the CIA annex coming to attempt a rescue hence the three “stand down” orders. Certainly all this is at minum plausible.


  3. When a regime lies as much as this one does it’s natural that all sorts of conspiracy theories arise to try to explain what’s going on. It doesn’t help that the bad actors in our government have a willing accomplice in the MSM. I’ve seen several conspiracy theories about this deal – I really don’t know what to believe.

    Hopefully the truth will come out eventually – but I’m sure it will always be shrouded in mystery. There will always be people who won’t believe it.


  4. I also note that nowhere in his “…make sure that we are securing our personnel and doing whatever we need to” statement does he say that applies to the Benghazi situation, only that in the present and future are they doing so.

    Just another lie, this one of omission, implying that securing that compound was in the process of being beefed up.

    Just another lying run-of-the-mill skank who happens to live in our house.


  5. That was a interesting segment to watch on FNS. The input from all of the Senators is exactly what you would expect it to be until the time that dirty five letter word was raised . . . . . L-I-B-Y-A! The demeanor of both dimoCrap Senators Warner and Udall immediately turned and they reverted to the old “Charlie Brown & Lucy” routine.


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